February 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders and Arab Commission for Human Rights stage conference in Paris to try to restore dialogue in Mohammed cartoons crisis to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on France Related documents Download the account of the proceedingsPDF – 184.64 KB Receive email alerts Fifteen speakers (including journalists, philosophers, writers, religious officials, a lawyer and a diplomat) called for talks and a calmer approach and urged an end to the violent reactions to the printing of the cartoons. An account of the proceedings is available. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders, the Arab Commission for Human Rights and five other rights groups (the European Islamic Conference, Justitia Universalis, the Rencontre culturelle euro-arabe, Voix Libre and the Association of Human Rights Defenders) organised a conference in Paris on 9 February in an effort to restart a dialogue over publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed and find a way out of the violence this has caused.Fifteen speakers (including journalists, philosophers, writers, religious officials, a lawyer and a diplomat) called for talks and a calmer approach and urged an end to the violent reactions to the printing of the cartoons.Several spoke about what publishing the cartoons meant while others said freedom of expression must go hand-in-hand with respect for religious beliefs. RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says The conference was chaired by Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and Haytham Mana, spokesman for the Arab Commission for Human Rights.An account of the proceedings will be posted on the Reporters Without Borders website.Those taking part:- Régis Debray, French philosopher.- Mohamed Bechari, president of the French National Muslim Federation and vice-president of the French Muslim Council.- Odon Vallet, French historian, doctor of religious sciences, author of the Petit lexique des guerres de religion d’hier et aujourd’hui (Editions Albin Michel).- Nawaf Naman, from the Kuwaiti embassy in France.- Soheib Bencheikh, researcher in Islamic science and former mufti of Marseilles.- René Petillon, cartoonist on the French satirical paper Le Canard enchaîné.- Lakhdar Belaïd, journalist from the French daily France-Soir.- Arnaud Lévy, editor of France-Soir.- Axel Krause (USA), secretary-general of the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris.- Denis Garreau, a lawyer with the French Conseil d’Etat and the Cour de cassation (supreme court).- Rachid Benzine (Morocco), Islamic expert and writer, and author of Nouveaux penseurs de l’islam (Editions Albin Michel).- Moncef Marzouki (Tunisia), – Abbas Aroua (Algeria), writer and academic.- Marek Halter, French writer.- Noel Copin, former managing editor of the French Catholic daily La Croix Some said a similar conference should be held in the Middle East to try to come up with practical suggestions to end the crisis. Reporters Without Borders pointed out that the crisis had led to increased attacks on press freedom, including two journalists imprisoned in Jordan, one in danger of prison in Yemen and three sacked from their jobs in Algeria. A newspaper in Morocco was also being investigated. News May 10, 2021 Find out more News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more
Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a slew of new safety reforms for limos and large passenger vehicles, outright banning stretch limos and adding a number of regulatory reforms.These reforms come three months after a limo crash in upstate New York led to the death of the driver and 19 passengers.That crash, which took place near the town of Schoharie, was the deadliest transportation crash in the U.S. since 2009.Cuomo released a statement about the October 2018 crash alongside the new reforms, calling it “a horrific tragedy that shocked this state to its very core.”“We are advancing reforms that will give aggressive new powers that will allow authorities to take dangerous vehicles off the roads without delay, hold unscrupulous businesses accountable and increase public safety in every corner of New York,” Cuomo said.The changes ban “remanufactured limousines,” which include stretch limos and stretch SUV-type vehicles, from operating in New York state.Drivers will have to have a special form of a commercial license that notes they are able to operate vehicles holding eight or more passengers.The reforms specify penalties for removing out-of-service stickers issued by Department of Transportation inspectors, creates an inspection fee, and allows the DOT and DMV to seize suspended license plates, among other regulatory changes.Some of the new reforms apply to vehicles beyond just stretch limos, as it prohibits U-turns for larger vehicles on all roads in the state — without specifying what qualifies as “larger vehicles” — and gets rid of the seatbelt exemption that had been in place for limos, buses, taxis and school buses.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department will be cracking down on large gatherings in accordance with the mandates set in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday morning. In a Facebook post addressed to Binghamton University students, Binghamton Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski says the department will enforce applicable state and local ordinances put on social gatherings. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. The police department says it discourages all campus fraternities, sororities and other college groups from organizing. On Monday morning, Governor Cuomo announced a ban on gatherings of over 50 people.